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Sunday, March 31, 2013

Can you go totally paperless in your BIM life?

My wife sent this to me the other day and it totally reminds me of myself.  I have 16,000 notes in Evernote, have 120GB of data backed up in my Sugarsync account and I take pictures of receipts and any other paper and sync them to Evernote so I can use their awesome OCR feature and not have to worry about finding paper.

Of course, I try to get my wife to be as organized.  She swore she gave me our new car insurance card and I insisted she didn't because I would have taken a picture with FE Snap and it would have been in Evernote.  Of course, she brought it home from the office the next day.

So, watch the video. It's awesome for those of us trying to keep control of our lives in the paper and digital world.

Emma, Le Trefle (English) - YouTube





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Saturday, March 30, 2013

New version of IFC Exporter for Revit 2013 (v2.9) available

http://apps.exchange.autodesk.com/RVT/Detail/Index?id=appstore.exchange.autodesk.com%3aifcexporterforrevit%3aen

IFC Exporter for Revit 2013


3/26/2012Autodesk

The IFC exporter for Revit 2013 contains up-to-date improvements on the default IFC export capabilities of Revit contributed by Autodesk and our Open Source contributors. While this app is not necessary for IFC support, it is recommended that users that depend on the quality of their IFC export download this app and keep it up-to-date, as new enhancements and defect fixes are added, For more information on IFC, please visit the buildingSMART website (http://buildingsmart.org) or the Revit wiki (http://wikihelp.autodesk.com/enu).


What’s new for IFC Exporter for Revit 2013 v2.9:

New Functionality:

- Add/fix property sets: Pset_SpaceThermalDesign, PsetSanitaryTerminalTypeToiletPan


- Add support for IfcBuilding Description and LongName.


- Add support for IfcBuildingStorey Name override, ObjectType, Description, and LongName.


- Allow exporting a Revit Assembly as an IfcSystem.


- Allow exporting a Revit Floor as an IfcFooting.


- Parameters in Revit no longer have to have the same base type as their corresponding IFC property. For example, an IFCTEXT property in IFC could now have a corresponding "Number" parameter in Revit.



Bug Fixes:

- Add material associations for FabricSheets.


- Change the precision given in IFCGEOMETRICREPRESENTATIONCONTEXT to VertexTolerance/10 (about 1/1600").


- Create local placement closer to geometry for many Family-based instances.


- Don't create orphaned IFCAXIS2PLACEMENTs with invalid IFCCARTESIANPOINT references.


- Ensure that the IFCFACEOUTERBOUND for an IFCFACE with more than one boundary corresponding to the boundary with the largest area.


- Export rooms, areas, and MEP spaces when exporting 2nd level space boundaries, even if they aren't part of the energy analysis model (like gross design areas).


- Fix duplicate GUIDs for some columns split by level that had instance geometry.


- Fix issue where elements in assemblies would not be related to building storeys if the parent assembly were marked as not exported.


- For properties where they are defined with a different Revit parameter name and IFC property name, if the Revit parameter name is not found, look for the IFC property name.


- In the case where linear grid lines were grouped into 3 distinct direction sets, and 2 of the directions were orthogonal, the 3rd set of grid lines would not be exported. This has been fixed.


- Only export beam/column/member quantities if "QTO" export is chosen.


- Use IfcRelAssignsToGroup, not IfcRelAggregates, for IfcZones; stabilize IfcRelAssignsToGroup GUID.


 

 

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Friday, March 29, 2013

Trimble owns the BIM Construction space

Man, look at the Trimble arsenal. I'm sure they got more up their sleeve too.

Become more BIM nimble with Trimble.

It's only BIM Logical to partner with Trimble for your BIM Logistics.

Fridays with Trimble

Trimble Buildings has a unique combination of software, hardware, and services solutions for GCs and CMs. Incorporating Trimble’s advanced positioning and geospatial technologies, and spanning the brands of Meridian Systems, SketchUp, Tekla, Vico Software, and WinEst, the Trimble Buildings portfolio empowers contractors with end-to-end capabilities that maximize productivity and efficiency. With our Fridays with Trimble webinar series, we’ll examine the Trimble Buildings’ portfolio. We’ll start with Modelogix and work our way through all the solutions.

Modelogix enables contractors to analyze their project cost history for fast and accurate creation of early-phase budgeting and benchmarking against the final detailed estimate.

Prolog is the leading construction project management solution for contractors, providing all levels of the project organization—from the office to the field—with project information workflows and budget and change management capabilities. Prolog is built for project managers accountable for construction costs, scope and schedules, and for project teams responsible for the successful delivery of projects. Prolog Mobile lets all project participants to capture and retrieve project information on mobile devices that are affordable and available to everyone.

SketchUp Pro offers a fast, easy, intuitive user interface that brings 3D design capabilities to everyone connected to a project, allowing anyone to model in 3D quickly and accurately. SketchUp enables contractors to make more informed decisions, and easily communicate project details reach a common goal.

Tekla Structures is BIM software for GCs and Engineers who require comprehensive modeling capabilities. Tekla BIMSight enables the entire construction workflow to combine models, check for clashes, and share information—in the same easy-to-use BIM environment—empowering project participants with the insight to solve issues in the design phase, before construction begins.Tekla CM outfits GCs and CMs who self-perform Steel and Concrete to manage the process from supply to installation, including erection sequencing, schedule, and reporting.

Trimble Layout Solutions are comprised of robotics (Trimble RTS), control units (Trimble Tablet) and field software (Trimble Field Link). Robotic Total Station (RTS) is the optical positioning equipment that is used to translate and automate field layout information.
Trimble Tablet is a ruggedized and portable tablet solution that can act as the controller to the RTS plus integrate communications and cameras. Field Link is the software that transfers positioning data from the design and into the field. It increases accuracy and productivity during the layout process, while also providing reports and metrics for analysis.

VDC Services can provide the first set of deliverables or to help during periods of peak demand. We can customize any package to include:
• Business Development Support
• 2D Change Reports (between two
document sets)
• 3D Model Assessment
• 3D Constructability and Coordination
• 4D Schedule Simulation and Optimization
• 5D Model-Based Quantity Takeoff and
Estimates
• Laser Scanning and As-Built Models

Vico Office delivers a different way of working with BIM models. Used for much more than visualization, Vico Office extends the basic 3D model with constructability analysis and coordination, 4D location-based scheduling and production control, and 5D estimating.

WinEst comes to the table with the industry's most powerful, robust and adaptable cost-estimating and cost-modeling software—a database-driven estimating solution that uses a highly flexible spreadsheet for creating, adjusting, and presenting estimates.

Only Trimble offers this end-to-end approach for helping General Contractors meet today’s real-world challenges. From the office, to the jobsite, and everywhere in between, Trimble Buildings delivers unique solutions for all constituents involved with complex building project, ensuring that managing all the moving parts of building projects becomes easier—and smarter. So join us for our first webinar as we take a look at Modelogix for your estimating department.


 

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Trimble Webinar: Analyze Project Cost Histories with Modelogix

I keep getting emails from those pesky salespeople. Nonetheless, this looks cool and I do love Trimble and am glad they're doing what I thought they would and own the BIM logistics market.

 

All of your money should be bet on BIM logistics. No contractor gives a crap what line weights you use. Such a shame so many architects just don't get it. So glad Cindy and Adolfo do (which means I hope they send me to BIM Forum so I can become even more of a BIM visionary).


http://myemail.constantcontact.com/Trimble-Webinar--Analyze-Project-Cost-Histories-with-Modelogix.html?soid=1101651000817&aid=NKcoLeX3kEY

 

Adding Modelogix to Your Estimating Arsenal

What if you could take a magnifying-glass look at all your firm's estimates across all project types? What if you could use that magnifying glass to hone-in on material costs across multiple locations, or suppliers' on-time delivery percentages? What if you could take a closer look at cost variance rates for your preferred subs, or get a detailed unit-price analysis across all projects and apply it to the bid you're working on now?

Let us show you just how powerful Modelogix is. Join us for the next Fridays with Trimble webinar where we explore how GCs and CMs use Modelogix to harvest past-project data for new estimates and budgets. And the real kicker – it works with every construction estimating system out there...including Excel.

Who:
The Team from Trimble
What:
Adding Modelogix to Your Estimating Arsenal
When:
Friday, April 5, 2013 at 12 noon ET
Where:
An online webinar – join from any laptop with a phone line or an internet connection
Why:
See how quickly you can populate new bids with past project data to never miss scope again
How:
Register today

Modelogix, a groundbreaking software innovation in the Trimble Buildings GC/CM portfolio, empowers estimators to quickly and accurately respond to new opportunities, leveraging years of past-project data to create a real-world, early-phase budget. Then you can tap those same project cost histories (the intellectual property that each customer has trapped in their current systems) to benchmark and "sanity-check" the final estimate. It's easy to see any errors or omissions with the filtering and sorting capabilities – so estimators can sleep well at night, knowing all scope is covered and their bid is spot on.

We'll show you how to:
• Intelligently analyze your cost model in specific ways that are most
meaningful to your organization;
• Filter all your past projects, in an instant, by attributes that you select;
• Easily prepare professional-grade proposals that set you apart from
the competition;
• Use your cost model to benchmark your final detailed estimates,
identifying omissions or errors before it's too late... and more.

Caption: Contractors analyze their project cost history (and tap into their firm's intellectual property) for fast and accurate creation of early-phase budgeting and benchmarking of final estimates.

Everyone on your estimating team will want to see this, especially if you want to:
• Bid on more projects and do it faster;
• Harness the immense power of the data currently trapped in your
past projects;
• See what went wrong with past suppliers or crews to compensate
in the new bid;
• Create multiple cost models for multiple scenarios (owners love
this!);
• Create accurate cost range and variance data reports for bid day;
• Slice-and-dice the data any way you want it, with costs broken down
by CSI code within each Uniformat type -- coming right up!

Who:
The Team from Trimble
What:
Adding Modelogix to Your Estimating Arsenal
When:
Friday, April 5, 2013 at 12 noon ET
Where:
An online webinar – join from any laptop with a phone line or an internet connection
Why:
See how quickly you can populate new bids with past project data to never miss scope again
How:
Register today

Even if you can't make the designated date/time, take five minutes to register for the webinar now and you'll automatically receive the link to watch the recorded webinar.

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Thursday, March 28, 2013

What's New in Autodesk Revit 2014 - YouTube

Enjoy.....thanks BP for the link.

What's New in Autodesk Revit 2014 - YouTube





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bSa information exchanges - COBie approved software vendors

To my special friend at Autodesk who made reference to my Archicad post today, of course Autodesk also passed the COBie challenge is a listed software provider.

To provide a little more clarity, Autodesk is working on a newer version of the COBie data extractor and I was hoping that it would have been released already as it makes creating the COBie spreadsheet much easier.  Also, I was wondering how Revit 2014 would deal with COBie data.

So, to my friend who sent the email, I hope this is a better blog post and I'll try to never post about Graphisoft again.  PS.  I also presented a COBie workflow at the conference in January and I'm hoping to get my process approved as an alternative method for updating COBie field data.  If anyone's interested in that, ACAI Technologies is here to help you.

Source/Link:
bSa information exchanges: Means and Methods | The National Institute of Building Sciences


buildingSMART alliance information exchanges: Means and Methods

by E. William East, PhD, PE - Engineer Research and Development Center, U.S Army, Corps of Engineers

HOW TO USE THIS PAGE

This page answers the following questions:
Can my commercial software deliver bSa information exchanges?
What free software directly supports bSa information exchanges?
How do alternative file formats support the associated IFC Model Views?
Who can help me implement bSa standards?

COMMERCIAL SOFTWARE

Delivering and using buildingSMART alliance information exchange standards may be accomplished with existing software used for planning, design, construction, and facility management and operations activities. The first listed below have worked directly with the buildingSMART alliance, through a public process to test and demonstrate their capabilities.
The links below provide you with the most recent assessment of each products performance. Configuration guides and user manuals are also provided, based on the software at the time of the testing. You may also compare the results of testing these tools by opening each tool in a new tab and viewing their results side-by-side in separate browser windows.

Software for Planning

Planning software can now share information using a new bSa format developed through theBuilding Programming information exchange (BPie) project. An overview of this project from the 2013 BPie Demo may be seen here. The software below has demonstrated their ability to produce BPie information. Their most recent presentations and example files are provided here for your review.
CompanyProduct (click for demo)Event (click for submitted COBie file)
DRofusdRofus 1.5 (PPT)2013 BPie Demo
OnumaOnuma System (PDF)2013 BPie Demo

Software for Design

Software used by designers and consultants to produce construction contract documents is listed in this category. COBie Challenge events starting in 2013 checked software to determine (1) if the format of the COBie file is correct, and (2) if the content of the COBie file matches the content of the standard drawings. To see the specific results and criteria for the Challenge events, click through for a given product.
CompanyProduct (click for demo)Event (click for Results)
AutoDeskRevit 20132013 COBie Coordinated Design Challenge
Bentley SystemsAECOsim Building Designer (beta) PDF2013 COBie Coordinated Design Challenge
DDSDDS-CADD (PPT)2009 BIM Information Exchange Demo
GraphiSoftArchiCAD 17 (beta) (PDF)2013 COBie Architectural Design Challenge
NametscheckVectorworks2008 BIM Information Exchange Demo

Software for Construction

Software used by builders to produce as-built asset information in COBie format is provided below. To see the specific results and criteria for the Challenge events, click through for a given product.
CompanyProduct (click for demo)Event (click for Results)
4Projects4BIM (PPT)2013 COBie Construction Challenge
AsitecBIM (PDF)2013 COBie Construction Challenge
CxAlloyCxAlloy TQ (PDF)2013 COBie Construction Challenge
EcoDomusEcoDomus (PDF)2013 COBie Construction Challenge
LATISTALATISTA Field (PDF)2010 COBie Challenge
OnumaOnuma System (PDF)2013 COBie Construction Challenge
VELAVELA Software (PDF)2010 COBie Challenge
Construction HVAC fabrication software can now produce shop drawings in a new bSa format developed through the Heating, Ventilating, and Air Conditioning information exchange (HVACie) project. The software below has demonstrated their ability to produce HVACie information and the associated COBie ready-for-fabrication HVAC information.
CompanyProduct (click for demo)Event (click for Results)
East Coast CADD/CAMFabrication for AutoCAD MEP 5.1 (PPT)2013 HVACie at Fabrication Demo

Software for Facility Management

Software supporting the operations and maintenance of facilities and management of facility assets is the ultimate home for COBie data starting at beneficial occupancy. The following firms have demonstrated, over a series of public events, their ability to consume all or part of the COBie data set.
CompanyProduct (click for demo)Event (click for Results)
ARCHIBUSARCHIBUS 19.3 (PDF)2011 COBie FM Challenge
AssetWORKSAiM 4.0 (PDF)2010 COBie FM Challenge
EagleCMMSProteus MMX (PPT)2012 COBie FM Challenge
FaMEFaME (PDF)2009 BIM Information Exchange Demo
FM: SystemsFM: Interact 8.0.2 (PPT)2012 COBie FM Challenge
GranlundRYHTI (PPT)2009 BIM Information Exchange Demo
IBMMAXIMO EAM 7.1.1.8 (PDF)2011 COBie FM Challenge
MicroMainMicroMain (PDF)2009 COBie FM Challenge
Project BluePrintCode Book & Room Data (PDF)2008 BIM Information Exchange Demo
SMBMorada (PPT)2009 BIM Information Exchange Demo
TMA SystemsWeb TMA 4.3.5 (PPT)2011 COBie FM Challenge
VizeliaFacility Online (PPT)2009 BIM Information Exchange Demo

FREE SOFTWARE

In addition to paid software and services there are free products that support buildingSMART alliance information exchange projects. Open source tools provide access to both the application and full source code. Free tools provided by commercial providers typically do not provide source code access.
ProductTypeDescriptionbSa information exchange Scope
bimServer.orgOpen SourceAn IFC-based model server for life-cycle BIM applicationAny
COBie Tool KitOpen SourceModel transformation, checking, and reporting a custom build of the bimserver.org product used in COBie Challenge events.COBie
bimServicesCommercialModel transformation, checking, and reporting.COBie
Google DocsCommercialWeb-based spreadsheet for updating COBie dataCOBie
EcoDomus PMCommercialHelps validate design information and deliver construction handover informationCOBie
Onuma SystemCommercialCOBie file checkerCOBie

USING COBIE DATA

The COBie Responsibility Matrix provides several tools to assist your team to define how COBie is produced. This information will be of great value to BIM managers, company system integrators, and software providers.
  1. Team Responsibility. May be used by project teams to assign responsibility for different elements of the COBie data set to different stakeholders.
  2. Deliverable Requirements. Provides a very detailed, life-cycle view, of what COBie information should be delivered when.
  3. Spreadsheet Schema. Provides the schema for the spreadsheet and IFC 2x3 versions of the same COBie data allowing the mapping between these formats.
  4. Type Assets. Identifies those IFC "type" entities that, for the purpose of COBie are not considered to be "managed assets". This allows the filtering of IFC files when software companies fail to provide their own filters.
  5. Component Assets. Identifies those IFC "component" entities that, for the purpose of COBie are not considered to be "managed assets". This allows the filtering of IFC files when software companies fail to provide their own filters.
  6. Property Sets. Identifies IFC property sets that should be provided as part of the COBie data set. This allows filtering of IFC files when software companies fail to provide their own filters.




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